Love, who currently plays Motormouth Maybelle in the hit musical, celebrated both events with a party at Ellen's Stardust Diner in Times Square.
Singing staff from the musical eatery wished a "Happy Birthday" to the singing actress and also performed hits from Hairspray.
At left (from top): Darlene Love blows out the candles on her cake; Love with co-star Jerry Mathers; the cake; Love and castmate Tevin Campbell; Darlene Love performs; Jerry Mathers speaks to the crowd.
Below: Hairspray cast members gather to celebrate Darlene Love's birthday and second anniversary with the show.
photos by Aubrey Reuben